Jan 9, 2011

James leads Heat to OT victory in Rip-City

"I know I don't usually put non-Sixers games here but this game was great; LeBron has now officially a closer"

LeBron James scored a game-high 44 points, including a deep three-pointer with 16.3 seconds remaining in overtime, as the Miami Heat topped the Portland Trail Blazers, 107-100, at the Rose Garden.

Dwyane Wade added 34 points and Chris Bosh finished with 18 points for Miami, which stretched its road winning-streak to 13 games and have won 21 of 22 overall. James grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds to go along with six assists in the win.

LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 31 points and 14 rebounds, but committed a costly turnover in the closing seconds of overtime to allow Miami to seal the victory.

Nicolas Batum added 22 points and Wesley Matthews scored 14 to go along with five assists for the Blazers, who had an eight-game home winning streak snapped. Marcus Camby grabbed 14 rebounds in the loss.

The game went into the overtime period tied at 93. Miami opened the extra period on a 7-2 run, capped by a James triple with 2:12 left. Aldridge made three of four from the line -- surrounding a pair of James free throws -- and Bosh connected on a long jumper with 1:08 remaining to put Miami up 104-98.

After Batum missed a tip-in and driving layup, he connected on a short jump- shot inside the final minute to trim the deficit to four, 104-100. After a Wade miss, Aldridge had the rebound with 37.6 seconds remaining, but was called for traveling as he reached midcourt.

James then knocked down a deep three with 16.3 seconds left to put the game away for good.

Portland took a 67-65 lead into the final stanza and was ahead by seven, 91-84, following an Aldridge hook shot with 1:46 left in regulation.

James' long three at the far end began a 7-0 Miami run to knot the game at 91, and after Aldridge knocked down a driving hook shot with 35.8 ticks left, James made two from the line to put the game at 93-all.

The Blazers had a chance to seal the game in the final seconds, but after Andre Miller missed a jumper, he grabbed his own rebound, and missed a putback jumper as time expired.

Miami took a 27-26 lead after the first, and after Bosh added eight points in the second quarter the Heat took a 46-44 lead into the half.

Game Notes

Portland held a 43-41 rebounding margin...Patrick Mills scored 13 points in a reserve role for the Blazers...Miami shot 71.4 percent from the field in the extra period, compared to 28.6 percent for the Blazers...James, Bosh and Wade accounted for 89.7 percent of Miami's points.

Copyright: The Sports Network

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